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Memorial Day Weekend – Indianapolis, Indiana

The world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500 draws over 300,000 spectators from around the globe

Celebrating its Centennial Era, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway dropped the green flag on the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the end of May.

Every year during Memorial Day Weekend more than 3-billion race fans tune-in to Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 500 miles of open wheel racing. Thirty-three drivers line-up for their place in racing history and the chance and honor of their face sculpted on the coveted Borg-Warner trophy.

Among the Borg-Warner trophy, traditions run rich at the 2.5-mile iconic oval. Families like Andretti, Unser, Rahal and Foyt give life to traditions over decades. Between Bump Day, Carb Day, the kissing of the bricks, the Gordon Pipers and many more, drivers and fans alike anxiously await the 500 all year long.

Anticipation for the Indy 500 is so big in the Circle City, in fact, that the entire month of May in Indianapolis is devoted to the race. Drivers and teams practice all month long as the city prepares for one of its biggest claims to fame.

But, the Month of May in Indianapolis is not just fast cars. The 500 Festival hosts the nation’s largest half marathon, the One America 500 Festival Mini Marathon on the first Saturday in May. Events such as Breakfast at the Brickyard, Rookie Run, American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day, Snakepit Ball and the 500 Festival Parade are just a snapshot of the hundreds of events in the city. Thirty-three 500 Festival princesses are also selected to serve as ambassadors of the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Indianapolis during the month of May all leading up to the coronation of the 500 Festival queen the weekend before the race.

The celebration doesn’t slow down when the sun sets. Parties around the city will keep going all weekend long and do not slow down until the city goes back to a normal pace the Tuesday after. Celebrities from around the world arrive in Indy in hopes of meeting their favorite driver and a glimpse into Hoosier tradition and pride.

The Indianapolis 500 is like no other event in the world. And the only way to experience it is with hundreds of thousands of fans experiencing it with you including some of the nation’s top celebrities. From the sweet smell of the ethanol to the scream of the tires, Indianapolis is the place to be during the month of May.

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Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Moundville Native American Festival

Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb
Navajo Nation Fair
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival
World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Bay to Breakers 12K
Coarsegold Tarantula Festival

Annual Craft Expo
Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Pensacola Beach Air Show
Tallahassee Springtime Festival
Tallahassee Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights

Savannah Music Festival
Blessing of the Fleet

Honolulu Marathon

Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show

Indianapolis 500
Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
Indiana State Fair
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Des Moines Arts Festival

Dodge City Days
Smoky Hill River Festival

American Quilter’s Society National Quilt Show
Great American Brass Band Festival
Hillbilly Days
International Bar-B-Q Festival
Jerusalem Ridge Festival
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Festival
Mainsstrasse Village Oktoberfest
St James Court Art Show
World Chicken Festival

Lake Charles Contraband Days

Ocean City Sunfest

The Boston Marathon

Holland Tulip Time Festival
Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival

Burning Man

New Hampshire
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
New Hampshire Maple Weekend
New Hampshire Seafood Festival
Strawbery Banke Museum Candlelight Stroll

New Mexico
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe Spanish Market

New York
Oswego Harborfest

North Carolina
` • Biltmore Festival of Flowers
North Carolina Azalea Festival
North Carolina Seafood Festival

Columbus Arts Festival
The Vectron Dayton Air Show

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Fall Kite Festival
Whale Watching Events

Rhode Island
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport Winter Fetival
Rhode Island International Film Festival

South Carolina
Beaufort Water Festival
Carolina Cup

South Dakota
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
Tabor Czech Days

Dogwood Arts Fetival
Mule Day
Secret City Festival

Terlingua International Chili Championship

The Moab Music Festival

Washington DC
The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington State International Kite Festival
National Lentil Festival

American Birkebeiner
EAA AirVenture
Milwaukee Irish Fest
Milwaukee Summerfest

Cody Stampede Rodeo
Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo